Southern Sunday Favorite

Submitted by Christi



Join Chari at Happy to Design for Sunday favorites and Charlotte and Ginger at Blogger Spirit for Spiritual Sunday and enjoy your Sunday!

Today, I am not going very far back for a favorite. This is my Thursday Tablescape from just this past week. I had to laugh when some of the comments were about my being brave to go out on the diving board. In all honesty, I was able to stand on the concrete and just reach out to place the items on the end. The diving board isn’t that long and is only about a foot (if that) off the ground.

Truth be know, I would love to have dived in. The water was such a beautiful color of blue and it was a warm day. I love swimming and have loved it all my life!

The verse at the end of the post is about how beautiful God’s creation is. Here is the verse I am adding today:

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

So . . . this week, let’s tackle some of those fears!


My friend Ann Messick and I recently went to view this great home for sale that has a lovely pool. Of course, as always, I thought, “TABLESCAPE!” Ann is a realtor and she has listed this home. The dear owner was kind enough to let us come and have some fun at her pool. So, here it is, a Southern Splash of Lemonade (and cookies!).

We went out on a limb, or rather, diving board for today’s treat!:


Into the deep end:


Sorry, no dip here:


A view from above:


Something refreshing, is it the lemonade or the water?:


Maybe it is the cookies on the pretty yellow plate, topped with a clear yellow/green plate:


Let’s dive in!


Thanks for joining us for today’s episode of Tablescape Thursday, hosted by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch.


And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night;
and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth:
and it was so.

Lagniappe: Apple Pie Bread
Anyone else ready for Fall?

Apple Pie Bread

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups shredded, peeled apple (about 4 medium)
1/2 cup raisins
Streusel-Nut Topping

Preheat oven to 350*. Grease the bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of an 9x5x3-inch loaf pan; set aside. In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed 30 seconds. Beat in sugar until combined. Add buttermilk and baking powder; beat until combined. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until combined. Stir in apple, nuts, and raisins.
Spoon the batter into prepared pan; spread evenly. Sprinkle the Streusel Nut topping over batter. Bake 60-65 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack. Wrap and store overnight before slicing. Makes 1 loaf (14 slices)

Streusel-Nut Topping
In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup packed brown sugar and 3 tbsp all-purpose flour. Using a pastry blender, cut in 2 tbsp butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans.

12 Responses to “Southern Sunday Favorite”

  1. Sally Says:

    Thank you for participating in Spiritual Sunday.

  2. Eileen Says:

    ‘Loved the Tablescape on Thursday and loved viewing it again today!
    And thank you for posting the Apple Pie Bread, I will definitely try this one after we go apple picking!
    Beautiful Bible verses! Thanks for sharing!
    All the best,

  3. nannykim Says:

    Ah, yes , I saw this tablescape–and you gave my favorite verse in Philippians 😉 …so now I know the rest of the story (as Paul Harvey used to say)

  4. nannykim Says:

    Oh–my sunday post is on my nannykim blog and there is one on my devotional blog–I just noticed my comment above (and this one) as my spindle cottage blog) hmmmmm

  5. Christine Says:

    You just gave me another idea for a tablescape. So refreshing!…Christine

  6. Mama Says:

    THis was one of my favorite tablescapes. It is especially good for those of us don’t dive. What a good use of the diving board.
    The scripture has seen me through many a long night.

  7. Ginger Says:

    Great scripture, thank-you for sharing it on Spiritual Sunday. The pool looks so relaxing.

  8. rcubes Says:

    Both looks refreshing – pool and lemonade! Beautiful. But I love the verses you shared. More refreshment from the Living Water for thirsty souls. God bless.

  9. Charlotte Says:

    What unique beautiful pictures. Makes me want to go jump in the pool. Thank you for sharing the great scripture.

  10. Clif Says:

    Thanks for participating in Spiritual Sundays. It’s warm enough to swim at night here in Arizona but I think I’ll wait until morning and then, look out, I’m jumpin’ in.

  11. Denise Says:

    Such awesome pictures, and very yummy looking.

  12. Chari Says:

    Hi Christi…

    So happy to have you join in with the fun of Sunday Favorites again this week, my friend!

    Ohhh myyyy goodness…what a fabulous tablescape…or should I say poolscape? Hehe! It’s really marvelous and so creative!!! Whose idea was it to do this beautiful tray of lemonade and cookies and set it on the diving board…was it yours? I just can’t get over it…so very beautiful with all that gorgeous blue water for the background!!! I just love this, my friend!!! Okay…these photos should make it on the pages of some design publication!!! Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us today…I really, really enjoyed this post!!!

    Warmest wishes,

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